Tourism

Pinterest 100 names “off the beaten path” travel as top trend

Did you know that more than double the amount of travellers visit Pinterest for travel inspo than the top OTAs?

Travellers are flocking to the site to dream up new ways to travel, from atypical destinations to unusual (and more eco-friendly!) modes of transportation.

Pinterest has just released a sneak peek into the official 100 Pinterest trends of 2019!

How do they know it’s a trend?

By looking at the searches of the 250 million + people around the world who frequent the site, of course.

Search terms that get more and more searches each month and continue on an upward trajectory for more than six months get the ‘trend’ stamp of approval.

So what are the biggest trends for travel?

All’s fare in bus travelWhether it’s a one-day tour or getting from Caracas to Patagonia, thrifty travellers are boarding the bus. (Searches for bus travel +32 per cent))

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Istock/LUKASZ-NOWAK1

Hot springs have sprungPeople are finding restoration and relaxation in hot springs—from high-end resorts to out in nature. (Searches for hot springs +32 per cent)

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Istock/Isaac74

Game of stonesTravelers are skipping the lines at Versailles and seeking out divine, derelict and dilapidated castles. (Searches for abandoned castles +142 per cent)

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Istock/Kamil Polak

No man’s islandMaui no more! Instead, people are diverting to less-travelled islands for that rare pura vida experience. (Searches for less travelled islands +179 per cent)

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Istock/cdwheatley

A wheelie good tourBoth enthusiasts and casual peddlers are trying bike tours—plus, all that cardio means more cheese-eating en route. (Searches for bike tours +64 per cent)

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Istock/RossHelen

Destination unknownGather a group, clear their calendars, keep the endpoint hush-hush, and practice shouting “Surprise!” (Searches for surprise destination +192 per cent)

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Istock/Orbon Alija

Out-of-the-way townsPeople are seeking out small towns for their bucolic views, unique BnBs and low-key R&R. (Searches for small town travel +276 per cent)

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Istock/asbe

Waste not, jaunt not“Zero waste travel” means strategic and sustainable packing, eating and even hotel-ing. (Searches for zero waste travel +74 per cent)

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Istock/IPGGutenbergUKLtd

Have a nice FallSipping hot cider, peeping and stomping autumnal leaves…it’s no wonder people are falling for Fall getaways. (Searches for autumn scenery +94 per cent)

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Istock/MaximFesenko

Oh Rio, RioThe Summer Olympics may be over, but Rio’s still got the sand, the city and carnaval. (Searches for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +142 per cent)

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